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December 24, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Does it pay to advertise?

The stage is set.

Stage with curtains. Wortham Theater Center , Houston Ballet's Nutcracker set (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted )

Gilded dreams wait  – behind curtains here and sleepy eyes later at home. The orchestra tunes up – taking as long as parents on Christmas Eve wrapping up Santa’s last minute gifts. Finally as the lights dim the waiting darkness rustles with expectations.(Wortham Theater Center, Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker set. All rights reserved © image)

Houston Ballet Nutcracker. Dance of the toys that have come to life: Spanish Bull, Arabian Lion, Chinese Panda , Russian Bear, Danish Fox, English bulldog, French frog (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

Toy Story movie isn’t the only place where toys come to life. Houston Ballet Nutcracker’s dance of the toys: Spanish Bull, Arabian Lion, Chinese Panda , Russian Bear, Danish Fox, English bulldog, French frog (© image)

Ballet dancers, Houston Ballet Nutcracker (© image: copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Uplifting Sugar Plum Fairy. (© image)

Meanwhile back in the neighborhood, the sentinels are on duty.

Two hawks on chimney (© image: copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Two hawks-eyed lookouts charged with spotting any warm-blooded mammal not where it should be. Of course, we’re talking about reindeer in the sky. Even hawks don’t want to be on a collision course with them – Christmas Eve or not.(© image)

Final appeal showcases are out front of some houses.

All bases covered: Letters to Santa, Visits to marginal mall Santas, Facebook, Twitter,

Just as insurance, it pays to advertise:

Santa has a lot of kids to remember, lists get misplaced, and an overdose of sugar cookies or eggnog might create some little confusion.

Nothing like a strong visual image

Hush those snide remarks about false advertising

Christmas yard decorations ( copyrighted © image all rights reserved, NO permissions granted )

Cliff Notes for Santa (© image)

Hope your Christmas Eve is pieced and together finely

(Whew, we finally got all the gazillion parts in the right place for Person’s Little Person’s bouncy horse..they gotten a lot more complicated…luckily RC Cat glanced at the instructions and finally got our attention by constantly tugging out all the box paper filler. Panic over “do we have all the parts” better now than later. It was so not a “Oh, we’ll just do it quickly Christmas morning” exercise. Galloping smoothly now much to RC’s happiness…of course she’s zoned out on her new scratching box and Molly is practice jingling around the house in her bells and ruffled collar. Sights and sounds of Christmas ready to go.)

Jingle on! And “Christmas Gift!” (Whomever says that in the household has good luck next year, so start shrieking it now!)

Phil, the Philosopher

Ballet dancers, Houston Ballet Nutcracker. Butterflies and Cats on stage wings ( image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, No permissions granted )

It’s not just the butterfly or the dancer at the top of the tree – RC Cat just wants you to recognize that at both right and left edge of the stage are representatives of the Feline Company keeping an eye on the production with large sticks – so they can whack anyone not with the music..She insists that. Cats are have refined tastes (Really? Has anyone smell that canned food?) Rats and cats ran down aisles and along the stage’s side wings during the production. RC is miffed we didn’t being a Nutcracker rat home for her…it is Christmas, she says…(© image)


  1. pensitivity101 / Dec 24 2018 2:56 pm

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  2. aFrankAngle / Dec 24 2018 3:11 pm

    Cheers to the beauty of Nutcracker. Merry Christmas to you and yours … and I’m confident RC will watch over everything with pride and joy.

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  3. shoreacres / Dec 24 2018 3:55 pm

    If those two Wise Hawks are looking for their third, he’s over here in a cypress tree, eyeing the sparrows at a bird feeder. I’m not sure that’s precisely in the spirit of the season, but he could be doing just a little last-minute shopping for his kids. Merry on — glad you didn’t lose any of the parts!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 24 2018 4:03 pm

      A few minutes before that shot, the male was posed on the brick wall less than 8 feet from a small grey squirrel who seemed confused as to why there was traffic jam on his wall runway. Luckily a large angry blue jay finally forced the hawk to join his mate on the chimney. They both looked pretty smug and plump.
      Yeah, the whole “Oh, we’re watching for sandy claws didn’t ring quite true…” Thanks for wrapping up a lovely comment! Merry on!


  4. Xena and Lucy / Dec 24 2018 7:30 pm

    The Nut cracker Suite looks like it was wonderful. Hope RC cat gets over no rat and everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

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  5. easyweimaraner / Dec 25 2018 12:52 am

    mary christmas to youuu and many sweet gifts from da sugarplum fairy :O)

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  6. cat9984 / Dec 25 2018 2:43 am

    Meowy Cat-mus. Purrs, Snoops and Kommando Kitty (RC – those rats are older and tougher than they look. Your human was probably keeping you from disappointment.)

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  7. Beth / Dec 25 2018 5:59 am

    Merry Christmas to you and the Realm!!


  8. Littlesundog / Dec 25 2018 6:17 am

    Merry Christmas! I suspect those hawks are up to no good – opportunistic neighborhood thugs.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 25 2018 8:37 am

      Yep, we aren’t buying the “lookout for Santa” idea. Hope you are flying high with the merriest Christmas ever! Jingle on!

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  9. LordBeariOfBow / Dec 29 2018 10:55 pm

    If the only way that something can be sold, is by advertising it then, it’s not worth having,

    Well that’s my philosophy,and I’m stuck with it.:twisted: I can’t stand ads of any type,
    I’m a bit late, but not too late to wish you a very Happy New Year Phil, hope you and you’re wonderful menagerie have the best year ever 😀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2018 11:18 am

      We think those 3 are hedging their bets with the “ad”. Not trusting word of mouth by supporters – or that annoying elf on a shelf.
      (You’re right on time! Everyone’s been in and out on holiday schedule ..that and Molly Malamute misunderstood that wearing a harness does not mean abled is behind her…one lovely cool day she went from calmly sitting with dog friends chatting to 0 to 60 as she suddenly decided to chase a bike…aerobic exercise needed she said later…all that holiday eating….anyway, pulled me down the driveway slope resulting in arm road rash…without event the fun of roller blading or skateboarding…I always said walking dogs was more dangerous HAHA
      Will check in with you shortly! Happy almost New Year’s Eve!)


      • LordBeariOfBow / Dec 30 2018 2:53 pm

        I call that fun, and theres only 14 or 15 hours left of 2018 for me.


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